As predicted, the Committee on Public Works and the Environment voted 3-2 (Brown, Cheh, and Alexander versus Graham and Bowser) not to spend lots of local money to rebuild a high-speed bypass through Rock Creek Park that we’ve done fine without for 18 years.

Jim Graham is disappointed, and wants to hear from citizens. I encourage anybody who thinks parks should be for recreation, not highways, to attend the meeting or email

Thursday, May 8

6:30 pm

John A. Wilson Building (the Council building)

1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Pennsylvania between 14th and 13½th)

Metro: Metro Center or Federal Triangle

Update: According to City Paper, Cheh also added an amendment allocating $2 million “for environmental remediation of Klingle Valley and construction of a recreation trail.” Graham still plans to fight for the road. And Mayor Fenty is fine with whatever the Council decides.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.